Two of the links today are to [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname's LJ. If you haven't already friended her (I think there may be 2 of you left), you're missing out.

First [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname take on the recent 'bromance' girlsquee with Someone at metafandom has a wicked sense of humor and the ongoing 'erasure' of lesbians. Why is it that it's cool for women to be friends without sex, but when men are friends it really means they just want to be having sex? Bonus for reference to one of my fav fics, Boston Marriage, by [livejournal.com profile] jae_w which is Rory/Paris, Gilmore Girls.

Then [livejournal.com profile] libba_bray (yes, THE Libba Bray who wrote A Great and Terrible Beauty which is set in 1800s England girls' boarding school and one of the main characters is a lesbian) responding to California's now constitutionalized bigotry: There's nothing wrong with you, which is a line from Milk. Turns out, Libba Bray's father was a (closeted gay) minister who shared his secret life with his family. Wonderful stuff that needs to be said. Over and over again, apparently. Because this isn't just about us queers, but everyone we care about and who cares about us, which turns out to be pretty much everyone.

and last, but not least, in the 'file under crackverse' tag, [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname outlines the birth of Petrovsky/Miranda Priestley (Law and Order/Devil Wears Prada), which began (as almost all of these things do) with the diabolical genius of [livejournal.com profile] wizened_cynic, who will undoubtedly rule the world some day.

Also, if you guys aren't watching Pepa/Silvia, you are missing out on the hottest shit on TV. For reals. Via [livejournal.com profile] pepa_silvia and [livejournal.com profile] random_flores: And I had to remove the link because the video has been removed.I'm sure there's a world of appropriate meta regarding this, but I'm worn out.

eta links to the great and terrible Libba Bray

edited to change the link to Libba Bray's journal entry because the link I posted made it look like there was only one comment when there are, in fact, close to 200 already.

meta

Sep. 17th, 2007 11:48 pm
Yes, I've been falling down on the job, but so many others are doing so much:

over at [livejournal.com profile] passion_perfect, [livejournal.com profile] ralst just posted a bunch of South of Nowhere and SGA recs.

[livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname shares her extensive list of The Devil Wears Prada recs. Or should I call it her 'Best of Telanu's fic' recs?

And [livejournal.com profile] femficrecs is back in action with even more SGA recs.

[livejournal.com profile] projectjulie responds to [livejournal.com profile] runetraverse's question, "Is it a law that you have to be a lesbian to write Femslash" with thoughtful comments and an impressive list of links to related threads from fandom past and present.

And as always there are the the gorgeous women of [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today who bring me all the goodies every. single. day. And probably making this post redundant. *g*
Some supercool writer friends of mine in the scifi world are considering proposing that the SFWA (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.) create a new form of license that would essentially allow us to write fan fiction for any work that carries it without fear of lawsuits, cease and desist letters, nastygrams, etc. They asked for my opinion on the whole thing and I said that I was hardly a BNF (not to mention that it's downright DANGEROUS to speak for fandom), but I said I'd put it out there and see what you guys think.
Here's how they put it:

"I'd like to take this opportunity to propose that SFWA create a SFWA-branded Fanfic-Friendly License to solve what's known as "the Marion Zimmer Bradley problem" (for reasons I'm sure someone more steeped in history than I will explain). This would be a boilerplate license, vetted by SFWA counsel (or pro-bono IP lawyers or whatever) and structured much like the Creative Commons licenses, which would say something like this:

"I hereby grant everyone a nonrevocable, nonexclusive license to create noncommercial derivative works ("the Fanfic") derived from this book. In return, by creating such works and accepting such a license, you grant me the sole right to create derivative works based on the Fanfic for my exclusive commercial profit"

If you're not aware of the Marion Zimmer Bradley problem, here's a link that might help. If anyone has links to a better run-down please let me know.

Essentially, this is a "group of writers who want things to be more welcoming" to fanfic writers at the SFWA (this is a quote from an email from my scifi buds) and this license would be a way to open that door at least a crack.

my OPINION under the cut )
So, someone wrote and asked me if I care about titles. Of fic. And I thought I'd answer for the whole class. Of course it's not a simple answer:

Yes. If I don't know you or am not familiar with your fic, titles can make a huge difference. For example, I'm really not likely to take a chance on an 'Untitled' fic from someone I don't know, but if it's something thoughtful and well-written I'm definitely more likely to give it a shot. I HATE titling my own work, but it's so frickin' important. It really is the first line of your fic and it has to sell it. So, if you want to get read, give it as much effort as you do the rest of your fic. Of course, I realize that we can't all be [livejournal.com profile] quasiradiant or [livejournal.com profile] omiceti, but I'm trying.

No. If you're a writer I'm familiar with and have recced before, odds are good that I'm gonna read your untitled [insert crack!fandom here] fic no matter how much GEO reading I have to do tonight. Also, when I'm bored, I'll click through to just about anything.

Does that answer your question?

See, [livejournal.com profile] mantaraggio, I'm still here. *g* Also, are you gonna share your Courtney Love mp3s, or should I put them up and give you teh huge props?
So, this was originally added to the previous (un flocked post) regarding Teresa Nielsen Hayden's incredibly smart response to the fanfiction vs. authorship debate, but I thought it deserved its own post:

In comments to my first post on the subject: [livejournal.com profile] partly_bouncy points to a page that details the now legendary Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. fanfic author story and Teresa ([livejournal.com profile] tnh)herself steps in to respond with a link to the original comment thread/context for the quote I pulled and the entire kerfuffle.

I had a long, involved post written explaining my complicated POV as an author/creator (of fiction and music) and as a ficcer/thief, when I realized that I have no desire to start yet another, peripheral kerfuffle and end up on teh wank. There's a place for discourse on fandom and this really isn't it. This is a subjective, fannish, squee-filled journal of r3cs. Follow the links if you're interested in piling on.

For the record, I will say that Ms. Nielsen Hayden has forgotten more about the scifi publishing biz and culture than I and the rest of my flist combined will ever know. She's a thoughtful, intelligent, insightful blogger who really knows her shit. And not just about fiction. Her (and her husband's and fellow moderators') political commentary is also breathtakingly smart. Before you jump in, know who you're dealing with because this is no amateur and simply making an emotional "Because I think so!!!" argument won't cut it. These are the big kids so bring your A game. And don't bring your game to my comments. I think Teresa has enough to do without having to argue her case in my comments as well. Although, she's more than welcome to do so.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname is leading another intelligent discussion on the whole March "Why are they playing in my universe?!" THING here

Edited to add an apostrophe because as far as I know, teresa only has one husband.
Teresa Neilsen Hayden (senior editor at Tor) pwnz those who equate fanfiction with theft. My favorite bit:

In a purely literary sense, fanfic doesn’t exist. There is only fiction. Fanfic is a legal category created by the modern system of trademarks and copyrights. Putting that label on a work of fiction says nothing about its quality, its creativity, or the intent of the writer who created it.

all I can say is, Worddity word WORD!

edited to add [livejournal.com profile] partly_bouncy points to a pager that details the Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. fanfic author story and Teresa ([livejournal.com profile] tnh)herself steps in to respond with a link to the original comment thread/context for the quote I pulled and the entire kerfuffle.

I had a long, involved post written explaining my complicated POV as an author/creator (of fiction and music) and a ficcer/thief, when I realized that I have no desire to start yet another, peripheral kerfuffle and end up on teh wank. There's a place for dispassionate discourse on fandom and this really isn't it. This is a subjective, fannish, squee-filled journal of r3cs. Click to comments and follow the links if you're interested.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] thelastgoodname is leading a thoughtful discussion on the whole March "Why are they playing in my universe?!" THING here.

Meta

Nov. 14th, 2005 01:32 pm
Okay, so I'm hooked on the whole debate and [livejournal.com profile] fox1013's What Makes Female Characters Interesting? had me writing out my own list of fav female characters when I realized that my fic reading has seriously altered my view of these canon characters. Femslash fills out and spackles the enormous cracks and fissures in these women. So I can't really say which characters I love anymore because femslash has made even the most 2D characters into full-blown kick-ass women. I mean, I'm reading Birds Of Prey fic! and CSI fic! And Stargate SG-1 fic! And I HATE these shows. Especially Catherine Willows. I'm huge with the hate of her whiny-ass, using-sex-as-a-weapon, manipulative, self-righteous character. Okay, sorry for the hatetangent, but I just had to go there... Actually, the length and breadth of my hatetangent is so enormous it wouldn't fit in my LJ. Or the universe.

Fandom

Nov. 13th, 2005 07:44 pm
[livejournal.com profile] fox1013 and [livejournal.com profile] twinkledru 's LJs are the home of some lively discussion about femslash and its station in fandom here, here, and here. Many of my fav writers and smartypants are piling on the discussion and I encourage all to join in. I won't be (except in the lurking sense) because I just don't feel the need. Femslash is teh hawt. *points at Buffy/Faith, Starbuck/Roslin, Alex/Olivia, Hermione/Tonks, Sydney/anyf, etc, etc, etc...* End of discussion.


eta [livejournal.com profile] jennyo comes at it from a different angle with Female Characters I Don't Like.

BSG

Sep. 20th, 2005 10:32 pm
I was scheduled (by the voice/calendar in my brain) to do a lengthy SG1 rec tonight, but I'm lazy and tired, so it's a BSG rec and some meta.

[livejournal.com profile] jennyo talks (and asks interesting questions) about BSG femslash and why it's the redheaded stepchild of fandom .

and Harper's back in amazing form and thankfully applying her superpowers to BSG with Intrinsic Betrayal -- via [livejournal.com profile] projectjulie's master list (look to the links above -- did I mention the lazy?). (Kara/Sharon, aka Starbuck/Boomer), R. Helo's Sharon isn't the real Sharon. The real Sharon is Kara's...

Yes, I love Kara/Laura, but Grace Park is all teh hawt and absolutely slashable.

eta and [livejournal.com profile] fembuck inspires me to add Reaverpoet's hot and heady Defragment. (Boomer/Six) NC-17 for Cylon on Cylon action! and with a summary like "Six acts to reclaim a system resource" how could a nerdy!porngirl like me resist?

Also, please share the feedback love with these writers so they write more BSG girlslash!.

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